IBM today announced that it has bagged a five-year IT services deal worth $180 million from Columbia Pipeline Group (CPG).
The deal will cover cloud, mobile, analytics and security technologies.
IBM will deliver IT services to provide the technology infrastructure to Columbia Pipeline Group to support its growth plans and operate as an autonomous business and become an independent company from NiSource. Its net asset investments are expected to grow from about $4.6 billion in 2015 to about $13.5 billion by 2020.
Bob Skaggs, CEO of CPG, said: “As an independent business, we are counting on IBM to help provide the continued strong enterprise technology support CPG needs.”
IBM will move CPG’s IT infrastructure and business applications — including human resources, billing and finance, pipeline operations and IT management — from NiSource’s data centers into a private cloud in an IBM data center in Columbus, Ohio.
IBM will also separate CPG’s networks from NiSource and manage CPG’s integrated IT environment going forward. The solution includes the core data center and IBM Cloud infrastructure, network services, help desk, end user services, intelligent security platforms, mobile device management, and operational analytics.
Philip Guido, general manager, IBM Global Technology Services, North America, said: “Employing an IT model incorporating advanced cloud, mobile, analytics and security technologies and services from IBM will effectively support that vision and help provide a path for ongoing success at CPG.”
The solution will include IBM’s QRadar Security Intelligence Platform, providing a unified architecture for integrating security information and event management, log management, anomaly detection, incident forensics and configuration and vulnerability management. These products lower total cost of ownership.